Comparing to face-to-face work, telework and hybrid work both grow strongly

Comparing to face-to-face work, telework and hybrid work both grow strongly ...

Although more and more companies have decided that their employees should return to work, the face-to-face work method did not have the majority of people that it did at the height of the epidemic, although 15.3% of those who had a salaried job worked from home on a regular basis. However, according to The Information, there is still more than double the amount of telecommuting than there was prior to the epidemic.

In September 2020, a bill was passed that declared that full teleworking was voluntary and reversible for both employers and employees. In the same month as the occasional one has increased, the number of businesses that have allowed their employees to return to work most days of the week is increasing.

The majority of teleworking employees stay within three days of working week, although there are only two or two. The latter would be exempt from being covered by the law we have just mentioned, since it only applies if teleworking exceeds 30% of the week's working hours. That is, a day and a half a week. Otherwise, the organization has to sign a specific contract with each employee who teleworks, compensate them for the expenses incurred by teleworking.

At the end of the second quarter of 2022, those who telecommuted half the week were 5.4 percent of the total, and those who did so occasionally, 4.9 percent.

Large companies in Spain rarely offer widespread teleworking for more than two days a week. In some cases, attendance has even been completely restored, giving some flexibility. It is not usual, but something punctual. The situation of an assembly line, in which continuous face-to-face work is required, is different from that of a technology or marketing department, which can perform a good part of their work remotely.

Many differences can be seen between autonomous communities. For example, in Madrid, regular teleworking is practiced by 11.3 percent of wage earners, while in Navarra, they are maintained at 1.8%. Only Catalonia, with 6%, exceeds the national average of employees who telecommute, which is set at 5.4%. As for occasional teleworking, Madrid is at 8m5% of wage earners, and Galicia is close, with 5.6%.

According to an Infojobs report, 21% of Spain's active population telework, a figure that has also decreased compared to February 2021, when 31% of the population employed in the country did so. However, only 7% have a completely remote job, while 6% have a hybrid arrangement of three or four days of work from their position and the rest remotely.

Among the main advantages of teleworking discussed in the report are a reduction in conflict (77%) and absenteeism (48%). Those who support working in the presence format exclusively point to increased productivity in meetings (65%) and at work as such (56%) as its greatest disadvantages.

60% of firms that have established teleworking will maintain it. Of them, 45% use a hybrid day and 14% are completely remote. 24% continue to do nothing, but 17% will stop offering it.

This is only the case with current company templates, because the number of jobs that include telecommuting among what they offer to those who choose their offer of free positions has increased in the last five years. For example, Infojobs has gone from 15,711 to 556,088 jobs that were not offered at the end of last year.

The trend in 2022 has not diminished: in the first quarter of 2022, the number of telework contracts exceeded the number of signed contracts in 2018 and 2019. They then rose only 7% to 35,947 in January, 2018, while the number of customers was still only 7% below that of all of 2021. The three least, are design and graphic arts (843), and arts and crafts (1,058).

In 2021, the IT industry had the highest proportion of teleworking jobs, with 61 percent of Infojobs that considered it. Commercial and sales had 33 percent, and marketing and communication had 33 percent. Regions, the ones that most concentrate the teleworking offer are Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga, Seville, and Alicante.

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